Made in God’s Image

Today’s truth is from Genesis 1:26:  “You are made in God’s image.”  Wow!  Take a minute to let that sink into your heart and mind.  You are made in God’s image, crowned with the beauty, dignity and glory of God.  When the thoughts come that you are not worthy or don’t measure up, think about whose image you are made in and who you are called and made to reflect — none other than God himself.  He makes no mistakes!  You are especially designed by Him and for Him.
Enjoy the love and approval of God today!

Chosen and Dearly Loved

Today, our truth comes from 1 Thessalonians 1:4:  “For we know sisters, loved by God, that He has chosen you.”  The truth is beautiful and amazing:  you are chosen by God and dearly loved.  You were hand picked to be God’s daughter, and you were hand picked in love.

I have two adopted sisters whom our family chose to bring into our home.  We loved them, delighted in them and welcomed them as full members of our family.  One of my adopted sisters used to taunt me saying that she was chosen by our parents while they were stuck with me.  Those words did not hurt me as my sister intended for them to do; instead, I look back and rejoice that she knew that she was indeed a gift to our family, chosen to be among us.  God has done the same for you and so much more. He not only chose you to be His beloved daughter but equips you with all that you need in this life, seals you with His Holy Spirit assuring you of His continued presence and prepares a great inheritance for you.
Can we chose this day to live as His beloved, recognizing that we haven’t earned His love but that we were chosen to be His own.  You were made for this kind of love and will never be content without it.  Embrace the gift!

Forgiven

Good morning ladies.  I pray that you are doing well with your challenge to replace negative thoughts with God’s truths.  This morning I feel called to share a basic truth that we often overlook:  “You are forgiven”.  This truth is taken from Colossians 1:13-14:

“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Do you live in God’s forgiveness and acceptance of you or do you continue to condemn yourself?  For some reason, we are really good at beating ourselves up for our sins.  They weigh us down making us feel unworthy, unworthy of love and forgiveness.  This sense of unworthiness is a lie that we have to stop believing!!!  God has called us out of darkness and into His kingdom of light through his Son.  Through Jesus, we have full forgiveness of sins.
The challenge is for us to forgive ourselves.  There is no extra credit for penance.  What God asks is that we turn away from sin and walk in holiness.  He knows we cannot undo what has been done and He also knows that we will fall again.  That is the joy of the cross and the fact that Jesus took the punishment of our sins on himself.
Ladies, our call is to walk as forgiven children of God.  Let’s stop beating ourselves up and start embracing the precious gift that God has given us through His Son.  You are forgiven.  There is nothing that you could do or will do that God will hold against you.  Move out of your condemnation and into His grace!